Limyra and its port Finike (Phoinikos) have been important commercial settlements throughout the history of the East Lykia region. The city of Limyra is located four kilometres north-east of Finike, three kilometres inland from the coast, and the southern foothills of Mount Tocak. Limyra is one of the oldest cities in Lycia and is called Zemuri. The presence of the city of Limyra, it has been known since the 5th century BC. The ancient city of Limyra was at a strategic point. The city of Limyra has an important harbour (finike) and, at the same time, it is close to the ancient city of Arykandos (famous for timber-supplied forests), which has provided great commercial gains.
The known history of Limyra dates back to the 5th century BC. This is a small settlement under Persian rule. Alexander The Great left the Governor Nearchos to his administration after he conquered Limyra and continued his journey. After Alexander The Great died, the Empire was shared, while in Limyra, among the commanders of Alexander The Great, the administration constantly changed hands. In 197 BC, the city of Limyra was taken by the 3rd King Antiochos of Syria and connected to the Kingdom of Syria. However, this situation did not last long and Antiochos was defeated in the Battle of Magnesia, the city was given to the Rhodians, but the people of Limyra who do not like this revolt, 167 BC, taken from Rhodes and connected to the Roman Empire. Limyra took its place within the Lycian League and even suppressed its own coins. During the Byzantine reign, it is understood from 6 bishops graves, which were developed enough to be the centre of the diocese. The city of Limyra was completely destroyed by the great earthquake in 141 AC, and rebuilt by Opramoas. There are many ruins of historical monuments in the ancient city of Limyra. Necropolis, Bath, Basilica, late period walls,Lycian walls, Theatre,Heroon of Perikle, Acropolis church, Acropolis,Katabura tomb, ptolemaion,Kafi Baba tomb are among the historical monuments you can see in Limyra.
The synagogue structure of Limyra is considered to be a remarkable Jewish community as well as Christians during the Roman and Byzantine periods. Finike is strategically important in its proximity to the Eastern Mediterranean. It was a port on the way back to Levant Beach and Alexandria. In the 12th century, the port at the mouth of Finike Creek was named “Porus Pisanorum”. This is the use of the city from the end of the 12th century by the Pirates of Pisa. In 1191, when Philip Augustus, King of France, returned from Syria, it was understood that Finike was a pirate base, Pisa Bay, where the king destroyed four Italian pirate ships. Also there are more than 400 rock tombs in the ancient city and most tombs are known by name with inscriptions written in Lycian language. The entrance fee of the ancient city is 5 TL. The ancient city of Limyra is open to visitors between 08:00-19:30. It may take a long time to get to Limyra from Antalya with bus. You must first find minibuses from Antalya Bus Station to Finike. You can go to Limyra with the help of local minibuses from Finike. As of the beginning of 2019, we will create separate videos for each destination on our YouTube account. If you subscribe to our channel, you will not miss our videos. In addition, we will soon share photos from our Pinterest and Facebook accounts. If you have any information you would like to add to the contents of this page, please contact us. Thank you in advance.